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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    A Stunning Novel by a Significant New Voice in Literature

    Stanley Bennett Clay is one fine writer! Not only does he have the ability to create an intensely fascinating story, he does so within an arena of Black culture that has neither been tapped or portrayed with such insight as in this revelation of a book seductively and successfully titled IN SEARCH OF PRETTY YOUNG BLACK MEN. From the cover jacket art to the rollercoaster ending, this short novel is on fire with passion, lust, pansexuality, atmosphere, mystery and just plain superb interaction of story and technique that may just be the crowning example of 'new Black literature', while simultaneously standing strongly on its own as simply exquisite contemporary writing without the need of the sobriquet of 'Black literature'. Though woven like a fine loom of dazzling threads that ultimately bind together the lives of every character depicted in this story, the main character is one Pretty Young Black Man named Dorian Moore who lives among the wealthy Black community of the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles and makes the most of his inordinately perfect physical charms by providing sexual pleasure for both men and women. The setting is 1989 and for the first half of the book we see the exploits of Dorian through the eyes of a disillusioned housewife Maggie Lester-Allegro and her quartet of friends, one of whom is a 'Madame' who sets Dorian up with her clients (including Maggie), promising these rich ladies of the suburbs the perfect joys Dorian always delivers. Maggie's husband Lamont Lester-Allegro is distant emotionally but provides Maggie with the accoutrements of superficial happiness while tending to his own diverse needs elsewhere. Events unfold revealing secrets and crimes that bind this section into a cohesive and fascinating series of twists and turns. The second half of the novel is devoted to Lamont Lester-Allegro and how his relationship to the proper family expectations governed by his powerful father contrast to his own inner life secrets: Lamont, too, has fallen under the spell of Dorian Moore. Again, Lamont's story takes as many twist and turns as Maggie's and while it is obvious that the common denominator of these life altering experiences is the ubiquitous Dorian Moore, the core of the story reveals just how compounded are the vagaries of fate. Clay's means of relating this tightly cohesive drama is the poetry that is his gift. He is at once able to integrate the cultural idiosyncrasies of Black phraseology with this perspective of the moneyed Black community in a way that updates Faulkner and Baldwin. He is able to write as through a woman's sensory perceptions as easily as he is able to describe the wholeness of the male sensory responses to both women and men. If ever there was a writer who could define bisexuality, Clay is the man. Here is some of the most erotic writing available and its presence has poetic significance to drive this unique story to an unrivalled conclusion. This is simply great story telling by a man with a secure future in literature. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, January 2005

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fine storytelling

    Baldwin Hills is the nouveau rich black person¿s enclave just as Beverly Hills is the white¿s prestigious addresses in 1989. Maggie Lester Allegro trapped in a bittersweet loveless marriage, drinks and plays cards to ease her emotional pain. Her marriage never had a chance because on her honeymoon, she was pregnant with another man¿s child. With her husband's assent, she gave the baby up for adoption but the marriage disintegrated anyway...................... Enter Dorian Moore, a young black stud who she has a one night stand with, a hunk who has women pay him for sex. She never forgets him and when she learns who he really is, she does something drastic. Maggie¿s husband Lamont is a closet gay and he knew that when he married his wife; he abstained from giving in to his urges, because he didn¿t want to disobey God¿s law but when he met Dorian Moore, he fell in love with him and wanted an exclusive relationship with him. Dorian never wanted that. When Dorian was killed Lamont broke down and was institutionalized. When he comes out, he also comes out of the closet and has a second chance at love..................... Stanley Bennett Clay, author of Diva has written a characters study about blacks who have it all yet feel they have nothing. Lamont has to hide his true self in the1980¿s or face being ostracized and Maggie gave up the love of her life¿s child and found him again in very ugly circumstances. THE SECRET OF PRETTY BLACK MEN is a fascinating reading experience due to Dorian an enigmatic man who feels his calling is to satisfy the sexual needs of Baldwin Hills rich blacks...................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Will not be able to put the book down!!!!

    Amazing writer!!!! The book will keep you in suspense and wanting to know more. You can follow the story very well from begining to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    A very strange book, but very sexy and well-written about a hand

    A very strange book, but very sexy and well-written about a handsome young man who sexes down the well-to-do black people of Baldwin Hills. Very Hot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    Missed Opportunity

    Dorian Moore, a mysterious and seductive young man provides comfort to the moneyed, the neglected, the lost, and the lonely, in an elegant hilltop community in Southern California. Lester and Maggie Lester-Allegro look for comfort outside of their loveless marriage, unaware of a shocking link they share in their quest for love. The prologue draws the reader in to the story but the first fourteen chapters are filled with over-the-top shock drivel that doesn¿t take advantage of the strong concept of this story. Clay¿s writing is melodic and he has a talent but it¿s overshadowed by the lack of character and story development. The female characters were too flamboyant and their voices didn¿t ring true. They should have been a footnote rather than filling chapter after chapter. There was much more depth in the male characters. The scenes between Dorian and Lester, Raymond Harris and Lester and Larry Grayson and Lester make the readers feel these men. The impact was strong but their scenes were too short. Though there is a murder this isn¿t a mystery in the traditional sense. The author makes mention of a Rashomon-esque quality about one character's murder. If this was the goal the mark was missed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    Drama and Suspense

    I read this book in 2 days. I found it very suspenseful and it kept my attention. Well written short book.

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    Posted January 2, 2011

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